"Her statement reeks of insecurity"
Nadia Hussain and Deepak Perwani recently made an appearance on Time Out with Ahsan Khan.
The duo reminisced about the old days, airing their grievances with the way things are done today in the fashion industry.
Both have been active on the fashion scene since the early 2000s, with the two also having dabbled in acting.
Speaking about her entry into the world of fashion, Nadia shared:
“I did my first shoot with Deepak, but I had already been introduced. I had done another show by that time.”
After being asked what it was he saw in Nadia, Deepak explained that “she had the height and the face”.
Later on in the chat, Nadia asserted how the old lot of fashion models were objectively better under the girls coming from “educated” backgrounds.
Taking issue with the more open and accepting market of today, Nadia said:
“The best was that back then, 70 to 80 per cent of the models were from educated backgrounds.
“Everyone had a similar aspiration. That lot, it really was the best time. Afterwards, all kinds of girls became a part of the profession.
“Not even the council members cared if they were uneducated or didn’t have the height.
“There were no criteria, it was only about whether they could get permission.
“Where else are you going to get 40 models at once? Back in our day, we’d gather 20 girls for one show.
“The new models weren’t educated. They didn’t have class or a personality.”
Sarah Zulfiqar took offence to Nadia Hussain’s statement and took to her Instagram Story to share her thoughts.
Alongside a picture of Nadia, Sarah wrote: “I’m arguably one of the more educated models out there and I can’t even tell you how much complete and utter ignorance and pettiness I’ve seen displayed by people who are from supposedly educated backgrounds.
“I’ve also received so much insight from people who aren’t as privileged – they’re extremely intelligent articulate and driven.
“This statement is incredibly elitist and ignorant.”
“Also, maybe there are many more models nowadays, but why is that so horrible?”
She went on: “Her statement reeks of insecurity and elitism.
“People who are confident in their own backgrounds and know their worth really don’t act like this.
“What is the point of being so “educated” and receiving so much exposure if you haven’t actually learnt anything?”